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Best performances - Batsmen

JN Malan
JN Malan
129(139) 7x4 - 4x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 26 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
10 8 9 11 40 17 11 23
AJ Finch
AJ Finch
69(87) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 10 8 7 17 14 9 4

Best performances - Bowlers

L Ngidi
L Ngidi
O10
M0
R58
W6
Eco5.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W1W
A Zampa
A Zampa
O10
M0
R48
W2
Eco4.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: Andrew Miller

9.05pm So that's the end of that. South Africa have won a series at last, and in some style too. There's time left in this tour to make it a clean sweep of the ODIs. Join us at Potch on Saturday to find out, but from myself and Valkerie, and Firdose at Bloem, good night!

And finally, here's Quinton de Kock. "Never good from a chasing point of view to lose an early wicket but Jan and JJ set up a good base. Australia came out with intent and playerd really well but we fought back after the Powerplay. Without the likes of KG, it's great to see Lungi putting his hand up. Coming into this series we had to give the youngsters a chance, and they came out and showed it. We don't want to step our foot off the gas, we owe ourselves another win. And it's about time [I won a series as captain]. It feels good knowing other guys have done the work. I've hardly done anything."

The man of the match is joint between Malan and Ngidi! What a cop-out, but hard to argue with it!

Ngidi: "I'm very happy, given the challenge before the game, using a lot of cross-seam was beneficial, then at the back end trying to do the lower order for pace with some slower balls. We've worked pretty hard on our death bowling, so coming out with skills is key. I've been confident lately with some games under my belt."

Malan: "I was happy to get past the first ball, but compliments to the bowling unit, and I had great partners in the chase. There was chat about targets, 30 overs etc, but they just said they needed me to bat through. With the sun going down it skidded a bit more and it got wet in the outfield so easier to hit in the end."

8.56pm Time for some presentations.

Here's Finch: "We were 20-30 runs short with the bat, but SA played very well, changed the momentum of the game with some smart batting. The surface started to hold up a bit and we lost wickets at key times. The difference is we had two guys with 70 and they had one guy batting to the end with 130. We keep making the same mistakes, so it's about improving. A bit of a different role for D'Arcy at five, the spin overs were a challenge for him but reward for hard work. We just couldn't find that breakthrough."

Jofradamus has called it for posterity:

8.43pm Well, what a way to close out your first series win of the summer! A daunting chase of 272, under lights, and against a daunting Australia attack featuring Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, and it's the rookie that does the job! Janneman Malan's stunning maiden hundred, coming just days after his first-baller on debut, has won the contest at a canter, and now they can head to Potchefstroom on Saturday with a 3-0 clean sweep in their sights. Kudos too to Lungi Ngidi for his superb six-for that kept the chase within manageable proportions, and Heinrich Klaasen too, whose century in the first game was followed by a crucial, forceful fifty today.

Bhargav Sura: "Golden duck in the first game. Golden century in the second. Well played Jaaneman."

Johann: "Very happy to eat my words tonight. I really do hope Miller hits top gear by the T20 WC." Thoughts and prayers with DJ and Rakesh too. Hope they found solace as they sorted their underwear drawers instead of watching a belting chase.

48.3
4
Starc to Miller, FOUR, full toss, inswinging, crashed to the cover boundary to seal the series!
48.2
0
Starc to Miller, no run, very full, drilled to mid-off ... not this time ...
48.1
1
Starc to Malan, 1 run, yorker, well bowled, but equally well dug out, a single to cover

END OF OVER:
48 | 13 Runs | SA: 269/4 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.60, RRR: 1.50)

  • Janneman Malan128 (138b)
  • David Miller33 (27b)
  • Pat Cummins10-1-59-1
  • Mitchell Starc9-0-48-1

This contest is an ex-contest ... it has ceased to be ... can Malan seal it in style?

47.6
1
Cummins to Malan, 1 run, attempted squeeze through short third man, no way through there
47.5
6
Cummins to Malan, SIX, clobbered into the stands behind square! Janne the Man! High and handsome, cashing in on the short ball and giving it the kitchen sink! Bloemfontein is going stark raving bonkers!

Abinash Das: "This is what keeping wickets in hand and gradually upping the ante with consistent scoring can do. The fans were overcritical of this time tested strategy of a conservative start and keeping wickets at hand. One simply can't go bonkers right from the word go in every match."

47.4
2lb
Cummins to Malan, 2 leg byes, pulled, top-edged, safe! Clawed across the line, off the shoulder, it took off over the keeper's head but was swept up before reaching the rope

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1Q de KockJN Malan
2nd91JT SmutsJN Malan
3rd11K VerreynneJN Malan
4th81H KlaasenJN Malan
5th90DA MillerJN Malan